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Build a Pencil Post Bed


Instructor:Lonnie Bird 
Dates:June 29-July 2, 2015 1 space available
Four full days of hands-on instruction



The pencil post bed is an elegant piece of furniture that fits well in any d├ęcor. This simple, yet beautiful bed features finely-tapered posts and traditional mortise-and-tenon joinery.

In this four-day course, you'll learn how to layout and taper the octagonal posts as well as mortise the posts for the bedrails and headboard. You can choose to build this bed any size you would like (twin, full, queen or king). At week's end, you'll take home a beautiful and heirloom-quality piece of furniture. (The bed bolt construction allows you to easily disassemble this bed for transport home.)

Pencil-Post-Bed-wr-classTopics Include:

  • Tapering the posts
  • Constructing with mortise-and-tenon
  • Mounting bed bolt hardware
  • Shaping and fitting the headboard
  • Carving the lambstongue at the ends of the tapers

Prerequisite: Woodworking Essentials. The Pencil Post Bed is a very challenging project that requires considerable handtool skills. We want you to be prepared for this advanced course so that you will gain the most from your experience. Please read the Prerequisite page for details on our policy.

Note: The shop is air conditioned for your comfort!

Class size is limited so that you'll receive personal attention and instruction.

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